DESTINATION: Tamshiyacu - Tahuayo RCCA

LOCATION: Amazon Rainforest - Loreto Region


CLASSIFICATION OF ETHNIC GROUPS NEARBY: Permanent Contacted, and Integrated.


ACCOMMODATION: Tents/Mosquito Nets/Hammocks/Cabins


MAIN ACTIVITY: Fauna and Flora Exploration


AVAILABLE MONTHS: January - November

BEST TRAVEL MONTHS: Mid May - Mid November



PAYMENT METHODS: All Major Credit Cards




The TAHUAYO CROSSING EXPEDITION 7 DAYS, just like the rest of our Tahuayo Crossing Expeditions, the more days this territory is explored, the farther our team will be able to lead visitors in order to achieve greater opportunities for wildlife encounters. On this full-week expedition, we will explore multiple remote lagoon and primary jungle areas where we typically find tracks of some of the most difficult to find felines, such as pumas and jaguars. With chances to also find other species of primates and caimans. Additionally, visitors will navigate 3 major rivers and 2 small affluent rivers including the Amazon river at the end.


As an initial introduction on this expedition, we'll be conducting a 3 Days Crossing Hike through primary jungle until we reach our first destination "The AMAZON EXPEDITIONERS Jungle Survival School / Guest House". During this hike our nights as well as the rest of the nights ahead, we'll be moving like nomads, always sleeping in different jungle sites, exploring and conducting at the same time a variety of jungle survival activities. 


  • ​BOOKING IN ADVANCE IS HIGHLY RECOMMENDED (for collection of personal information, government permissions to protected areas, logistical arrangements, exploration team assignments, English Speaking Guides availability, etc.).

  • We recommend travelers to be in Iquitos at least one day before the commencement of your expedition and minimum one full day after the end.

  • We Highly recommend packing a light rucksack of 10 kilos maximum for this expedition.

  • Travelers will be provided with an additional 5 kilos of gear approx. (tents, mosquito net, blankets, rubber boots, rain ponchos, machetes, and personal eating utensils).

    Travelers gear requirement: rucksack, hydration bladder, sleeping mat, and a hammock with net and tarp.

  • We advise each traveler who chooses this route to be in a decent physical condition, as they will be responsible for carrying their own equipment on each exploration hike through the primary jungle.

  • All activities are subject to change due to weather conditions at any time of the year. Main Rivers and tributary levels may vary and thus navigation times and excursions may need to be modified by your Guide’s discretion, this will not alter our motivation to make this trip the best as possible.




Note: In this particular route, when the water level of the Tahuayo River is at an average height, the navigation access upstream will open and give visitors an additional opportunity to reach a place of high jungle terrain, an exploration trip in small wooden canoes follow by a jungle hike that will last 2 days total going and returning into an interesting trip to a far away Clay Lick or best known as "Colpas" by the locals. The word “Colpa” derives from the "Quechua" Inca dialect, which means "Salty Land", where all different species of animals gather to lick and feed on its minerals (macaws, parrots, and mammals).  




  • Transportation from Iquitos Airport to Hotel.


DAY 1 - 3

07:00 Transportation from Hotel to Nauta City River Port (2 hrs.).

  • Motorboat Downstream on the Maranon River.

  • Lunch on board.

  • Quick stop for a brief orientation right at the confluence of (3) major major rivers, the Marañón River, the Ucayali River and the Amazon River.. IT IS AT THIS POINT WHERE IT IS KNOWN BY MANY AS THE BEGINNING OF THE AMAZON RIVER, WHO ENDS DISCHARGING ITS WATERS IN THE ATLANTIC OCEAN DURING THE COURSE OF ABOUT 6,400 KILOMETRES DOWNSTREAM.

  • Navigation will continue upstream through The Ucayali River.

  • Navigation will change its course to enter The Yarapa River.

  • Observation of fauna and flora during river ride.

  • Crossing of Ramon Castilla Village 30-45 mins. Hike.

  • Motorboat transfer 45mins. to drop off point.

13:00 - 14:00Arrival at drop off point.  

  • Hydration and adjustment of hiking gear.

  • 3 Days Crossing Hike through the primary jungle to reach Base Operations Camp via Tahuayo river.​​

 The Following Basic Survival Activities will be Performed:

  • Search and establish a designated sleeping area.

  • Construction of primitive shelters. 

  • Search for drinking water from the vineyards of the forest and other natural means for hydration purposes.

  • Identification and collection of fruits, vegetables, seeds, and insects fit for human consumption.

  • Night exploration in search of nocturnal animals.

  • Improvisation of handmade traps to catch reptiles, and rodents at night.

  • Lunch preparation activity utilizing all edible resources collected and obtained from jungle explorations.

  • Overnight in the middle of the jungle.

  • Construction of floating devices to reach Base Operations Camp via Tahuayo river.

  • Arrival to our first main destination.

  • Overnight at the AE Jungle Survival School/Guest House.



05:00 Canoe excursion.

  • Appreciation of wildlife.

  • Inspection of fish traps.

  • Group fishing.

08:00 Back to Camp for Breakfast.​

  • Jungle exploration.

  • Identification of medicine plants.

  • Identification of timber trees.

  • Search for bullet ants and other living creatures.

  • Search for giant trees.​

12:00 Back to Camp for Lunch.

 13:00 Departure to El Estirón Jungle Area, 2 hrs. river navigation.

  • Motorboats will be partially utilized to reach El Estiron, navigation down the river will be also performed rowing small wooden canoes, and with the main purpose of not scaring animals away. This silent navigation will increase our chances for wildlife encounters.

15:00-16:00 Arrival to El Estirón jungle area.

  • Preparation of camping area.

  • Set up camping tents.

  • Fire set up for preparation of Dinner.

  • Construction and placements of traps for birds and rodents. 

  • River trip to set up fish traps.

18:00 Dinner will be served.

20:00 Nocturnal river exploration in search of wildlife.

  • Overnight in Camping Tents.



05:00 Canoe excursion.

  • Appreciation of wildlife.

  • Inspection of fish traps.

  • Group fishing.

  • Inspection of bird and rodent traps.

08:00 Back to the camping site for preparation of breakfast. 

  • Breakfast will be shared with the exploration team once ready. 

  • Jungle exploration in search for poisonous dart frogs.

12:00 Lunch served.

13:00 Departure to Amancio Jungle Area about 2 - 3 hrs. river navigation.

  • Rowing canoe trip en route to Amancio.

15:00 - 16:00 Arrival in Amancio.

  • Preparation of camping area.

  • Set up camping tents.

  • Fire set up for the preparation of Dinner.

  • Construction and placements of traps for birds and rodents. 

  • River trip to set up fish traps.

18:00 Dinner served.

20:00 Nocturnal river exploration in search of wildlife.

  • Overnight in Camping Tents.



05:00 Canoe excursion.

  • Appreciation of wildlife.​

  • Inspection of bird and rodent traps.

08:00 Breakfast served. ​

  • Jungle exploration in search of primates.

12:00 Lunch served.

13:00 Departure to Tangarana jungle area about 2 - 3 hrs. river exploration.

16:00 Arrival in Tangarana.

  • Hydration, adjustment of equipment, and hike to remote Creek.


The two following options to overnight will be available upon arrival to Tangarana:

  • During the Dry Season, there will be 1 hr. hike through the depths of the jungle to camp near a very remote Creek called Yarina Creek and where participants will have the opportunity to see; many caimans, macaws, monkeys, the prehistoric bird hoatzin "Opisthocomus Hoazin", fishing for piranhas, and other especies.

  • During the Rainy Season, camping will take place at Tangarana, there will be no access to Yarina Creek due to the flooded jungle. Exploration activities will continue around the perimeter, such as, exploration in search of caimans and other nocturnal species, and if small caimans are found, the catch and release activity will be conducted for a detailed explanation of the type of species collected.


18:00 - 19:00 Dinner prepared and served at the campsite. 

  • Overnight in Camping Tents.




05:00 Wildlife observation in and around Yarina Creek.

  • Piranha fishing.

  • Breakfast near Yarina Creek.

  • 1 hr. hike back to Tangarana.

08:00 Navigation begins on the Tahuayo River to Tamshiyacu Town, along the Tamshiyacu-Tahuayo Regional Conservation Area.

  • During this relaxing river navigation, participants will make a unique getaway to meet the Amazon River.

  • Appreciation of fauna and flora with a stop in search of three toed sloths.

  • Quick stops in native villages if time permits (Buena Esperanza, Santa Cruz and Huaysi).

  • Finally meeting and crossing the Amazon River.

14:00 - 15:00 Arrival in Tamshiyacu Town.

15:00 - 16:00 Speedboat to Iquitos City.​

  • 1 hr. river navigation to finish the crossing of the Amazon River.

16:00 - 17:00 Arrival to Iquitos river port.

  • Transfer to hotel/airport.



WHAT IS INCLUDED: Airport Transportation | Fluvial Transportation | Government Permits to Native Communities | Economic Support to Villages | All Meals During Expedition | Purified Water | Survival Lead Guide | Survival Assistant Guides | Emergency First Aid Kit With Anti-Ophidic Serum | Exploratory Gear (Tents, Blankets, Rubber Boots, Rain Ponchos, Machetes, and Personal Eating Utensils).


WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED: Airfare to and from Iquitos | Personal Travel Insurance Hotel in Iquitos.